Sidmouth Fairtrade Campaign

Sidmouth is now a Fairtrade Town!

In August 2016, Sidmouth was awarded Fairtrade status for its commitment to Fairtrade principles, thanks to the efforts of local campaigners. 

Earlier in the year, a resolution was passed by the Town Council to actively promote Fairtrade to consumers, businesses and community groups in the area. 

As part of the campaign, retailers had to pledge to sell more than four Fairtrade products and eateries had to serve Fairtrade tea and coffee. The campaign also secured support from faith groups and voluntary organisations, as well as lobbying businesses to promote the Fairtrade message in their working practices.

Fairtrade helps small-scale farmers ensure they earn stable incomes and have long-term contracts with companies. In addition, they earn the Fairtrade Premium, which they invest as the farmer-owned co-operative democratically chooses, in projects that will benefit their business or community. 

Over 4,500 products are now licensed to carry the FAIRTRADE Mark, from food and drink through clothing and homewares to flowers, sports balls and jewellery.

Wendy Spratling, Coordinator of Sidmouth Fair Trade Group, says: “We are delighted that more and more Sidmouth shops and catering outlets are coming on board, and hope that consumers will support them by buying Fairtrade wherever they see it, and asking for it where they don’t. It’s a small change – but it can make a big difference!" 


Wendy receiving the Fairtrade Town certificate


How you can help:

- Buy Fairtrade products wherever you can and encourage others to do so

Get involved! 
Obtaining Fairtrade Town status is only the beginning: there's lots more work to do! If you would like to get involved in our campaign in any way - from joining the Steering Group to helping out at our events - please get in touch with us.

Also, if you belong to other community groups, you might like to propose that they switch to Fairtrade tea/coffee/sugar, etc. at their meetings or events. It all helps to raise awareness! 

- Keep up to date with our events via our Facebook page

Wendy receiving the Fairtrade Town certificate


Some of the many Fairtrade items available in your local shops. Over 4,500 products are now licensed to carry the FAIRTRADE Mark, from food and drink through clothing and homewares to flowers, sports balls and jewellery.